CenturyLink Wins $250M for Private Defense Comm.; Diana Gowen Comments

Diana Gowen, CenturyLink

The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) a multi-year task order worth more than $250 million to provide the Pentagon with private line communications.

CenturyLink said in a release it will provide the services as the Pentagon transitions to Networx, a communications contract program for the federal government. The task order will be fully implemented in 2012, at which point CenturyLink will serve all Pentagon agencies.

CenturyLink merged with Networx awardee Qwest Communications in April.

Diana Gowen, senior vice president and general manager of CenturyLink’s federal government team, said private communication is among the critical and growing needs of defense customers and it will “ensure fast, direct, and secure communications between U.S. military bases, posts, camps and stations.”

DISA’s contracting arm also awarded Verizon an award under Networx for private line communication services for the U.S. National Guard. TheNewNewInternet has that story, here.

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